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The hierarchy of taxonomies.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is one of the most influential pedagogical frameworks used in education. Created by Benjamin Bloom and colleagues in 1956, the taxonomy attempted to break away from behaviourist theories of the time with the associated learning through remembering. The taxonomy did this by promoting thinking skills, such as analyzing, creating and evaluating concepts. Taking a more holistic approach, the taxonomy includes the cognitive (knowledge-based), affective (emotive-based) and psychomotor (action-based) domains which explain its intuitive appeal to many teachers. We do not only learn with our heads but also by our actions and emotional experiences that reinforce cognitive processes and give them meaning.  The problem is that the pyramidal representation presents a false vision of learning and leads to misconceptions.  These include: Learning consists of a hierarchy of abilities.  Cognitive processes are separate and discrete from each other, that one can re